This event presents experiences from the Andean Altiplano and Central America, highlighting the successes and challenges associated with the production and commercialization of traditional foods. Representatives from SWISSCONTACT, Bolivia and the Sotzil Foundation, Guatemala share their lessons learned about necessary capacities and risks encountered in value chain development. Finally, the representative of the global project Post2020 Biodiversity Framework EU Support informs about the trends and characteristics that traditional products must fulfil in the European markets.
The recovery of ancestral knowledge about soil and crop management, agro-biodiversity conservation and agro-ecological production, agro-climatic monitoring and harvesting and post-harvesting allows us to capitalize on the experiences and strengthen the capacities required for traditional product value chains resilient to climate change. Among the challenges faced by local communities and indigenous peoples in Latin America are the lack of recognition by local communities for the conservation of genetic wealth in traditional agriculture, the loss of knowledge to obtain traditional products due to the lack of opportunities for their commercialization, the lack of awareness of the role of women, the flight of young people to the cities, and the inclusion of less healthy foods in family diets as a result of the substitution of ancestral foods that have been commercialized.
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